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Game Time Prospect Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010

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By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department


Welcome to the first "new-look" Game Time Prospect Sunday of the 2010-11 season.

FEATURED PROSPECT OF THE WEEK:

The featured prospect this week is goaltender Ben Bishop, drafted by the Blues in 2005 (3rd round, 85th overall). The tallest goaltender ever to appear in an NHL game at 6' 7, Bishop joined the Peoria Rivermen at the tail end of the 2007-08 season following a solid three-year career with the University of Maine Black Bears of Hockey East.

Bishop has been biding his time in Peoria for the last two-plus seasons, putting together a 40-36-6 record with a 2.76 GAA and 90.0% save percentage in the AHL. This year, Bishop has come to camp ready to show that his time has come; in two pre-season appearances for the Blues, Bishop allowed a total of one goal and stopped 53 of 54 shots in road wins at Minnesota (5-1, Sep. 22) and Colorado (2-0, Sep. 26).

Here's a brief look at Bishop on Day Two of training camp, demonstrating the effortlessness with which he can virtually eliminate the shooter's options thanks to his size and suprising quickness.


RIVERMEN END PRE-SEASON WITH WIN:

Bishop has been reassigned to Peoria to start the 2010-11 season, and took the demotion in stride by leading the Rivermen to their first win of the exhibition season on Saturday night in Peoria.

Bishop allowed two goals on 23 shots for a 91.3% save percentage, and backstopped the Rivermen to a 5-2 win over their rivals from two hours north on Interstate 39, the Rockford IceHogs.

Tryout players Zach Pearson (RW, 5'10, 185), Ethan Cox (C, 5'10, 175) and Chris Morehouse (C, 5-09, 180) tallied goals for the Rivermen in the first period, while drafted prospects Tyler Shattock and Brett Sonne tallied for the home team in the second and third periods, respectively.

LINK to article at Rivermen dot net.

The Rivermen, under new head coach Jared Bednar, open the 2010-11 AHL season with the Manitoba Moose at Carver Arena on Friday, Oct. 8. Game time in downtown P-Town is 7:05 PM.


After the jump, this week's Fab Five or players in the organization who are "Trending Up."

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Ben BISHOP Jani HAKANPÄÄ Jori LEHTERA David SHIELDS Vladimir TARASENKO
Bishop Hakanpaa Lehtera Shields Tarasenko
** 1 game played this week ** 4 games played to date ** 8 games played to date ** 3 games played to date ** 10 games played to date
** 60 mins, 2 GA, 1-0-0 ** 0 G, 3 A, plus-6 ** 2 G, 3 A, even ** 1 G, 1 A, plus-1 ** 2 G, 2 A, minus-2
** 2.00 GAA, 91.3% sv pct ** 4 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 8 PM, 2 PP, 0 SH, 1 GW ** 4 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 4 PM, 1 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW